Identifying Deadwood Body

Feb 11, 2014

In 2012, the remains of a young man between the ages of 18-24 were uncovered during repair on a retaining wall behind a residential home.  The home was at the site of the original Deadwood cemetery which was later covered by houses and streets - the same cemetery where Wild Bill Hickok was first buried before being moved to Mount Moriah.  The young man was found with substantial dental work, unusual for the time, which may assist in identifying him and his ancestry.  Deadwood city archivist Mike Runge says the written records of those buried at the town's first cemetery may also shed light on who the man was and how he died.  Runge was joined on Dakota Midday by forensic anthropologist Diane France, director of the Human Identification Laboratory in Ft. Collins, Colorado.